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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 5, 2010 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quote of the day

words of sage wisdom, mando! may i add that only by becoming aware of one's own inner asshole-nature, can one begin to take action to transform this tendency into a true kind-hearted state of being.

sheesh, i feel like a superdouche for getting preachy now. oh well, don't judge me too harshly!

p.s. how's the garden doing?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 5, 2010 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quote of the day

DP - The garden has been a huge success this year. We are having zucchini lasagna tonight - thin sliced zukes instead of noodles. Have been picking English cukes for two months now, each one is about 20 inches long and close to 2 pounds. We have been pickling them when we can't eat them fast enough. I put my yellow crook neck in cages to force them to grow vertically, they are over 6 feet high now and the squash just kind of swings out the sides of the cage when ripe.

Eggplant, 4 kinds of lettuce, cabbages, radishes, beets, carrots, lemon cucumbers, dragon tongue beans, about 6 different kinds of tomatoes, wonder berries, green bell peppers, hot Anaheim peppers, hot and sweet banana peppers, jalapeno and tabasco peppers. I have three habanero peppers plants that are full of fruit - I'm getting ready to make my Nuclear Death Salsa.

We canned 12 pints of salsa the other night with 12 pounds of tomatoes, 5 pounds of peppers and 5 pounds of onions and a whole slew of herbs. I added tabasco peppers to the large batch and habaneros to a side batch for a "special" category of hot. It came out real well, but I am going to triple the habanero loading next go around just to make it interesting.

Mrs. Mando has been responsible for most of this year's effort as she is in the gardens every day. I built her some new boxes that she planted with herbs and companion flower plants - it is pretty cool to walk outside in my boxers and pick fresh herbs for use in cooking dinner.

Her herb line-up is amazing: Orange balsam thyme, Syrian oregano (and three other kinds), Thai basil, African Blue Basil, Sweet Basil, Hot Basil, lemon thyme, sages, marjorams, stevia, lemon verbena, tarragon, 3 kinds of rosemary, 6 kinds of lavendar, you name it.

I picked 4 quarts of Apache Thornless blackberries from my one year old plant this year but my white and black currants struggled in the heat.

All in all it was a great growing season and if the weather holds like last year, we will be growing a wide variety well into November. We shouldn't have to plant our Fall-Winter lineup until mid-December.

I'll try to add links to photos tonight in an edited response. Until then here is the link to Mrs. Mando's FlickR account with her pics of the gardens.

I'll take some pics over the next few days and get them up.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Aug 5, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quote of the day

Super cool

My lazy butt only produced some lettuce & garlic this year.

One of these years I'll get better

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 5, 2010 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quote of the day

What I see here is Sustainability in action, a deep Love for the Fruits of one's own Labor, and an exhilarating Understanding of Biodiversity.

The harvest cornucopia colors are gorgeous!

Up here on the 45th parallel we are jealous of the length of your growing season. Methinks our berries are a bit happier for the cooler temperatures though.

My friends from school (McGill University) have started a student-run ecological garden on campus with funds from the Sustainability Fund (0.50$ paid by students for each credit taken, and matched by University). I've been helping them along the way doing planting, weeding, stringing up tomatoes (on the to-do list for today), and selling our harvest at the farmer's market in town. It has been an overly positive experience to be involved with this project. Collaborations with established organic farms in the area have enriched this experience even further. Here's the blog...

Looking forward to seeing updated garden photos from your end! Let it grow and greatly yield!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 5, 2010 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: quote of the day

Bandwidth issues at work won't let much of the blog site come up but rest assured I am going to read every word this evening.

Unless it's date night with Mrs. Mando, then we will be getting hot and sweaty together.

Outside in our gardens unfortunately.